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A decade of support for South Yorkshire children’s charity

 A decade of support for South Yorkshire children’s charity

A decade of support for South Yorkshire children’s charity

26 June 2024

The Dransfield Foundation has marked ten years of support for a South Yorkshire children’s charity – with a further donation of £1,600 to support activities for youngsters in Barnsley.

The charitable foundation was launched in April 2014 – and the South Hiendley based Exodus Project was one of the first local charities to benefit, starting a relationship which has spanned a decade.

The Exodus Project was founded 24 years ago and is based at the former Methodist Church in South Hiendley, near Barnsley, which has been transformed into an activity centre known as Jenny’s Field.

The charity first approached the Dransfield Properties charitable foundation in the summer of 2014 – requesting help to deliver activities and events. Since then, the Stocksbridge based property company has continued to support the charity with around £15,000 being donated over the last ten years.

The Exodus Project in Barnsley holds both after school clubs and weekend camps for youngsters who may not otherwise have the opportunity to take part in a whole range of events and activities. It supports children and young people from the age of 7 through eight through to 18.

The charity relies entirely on donations and grants and without support wouldn’t be able to deliver the activities which make such a huge difference to hundreds of children in the region.

Martin Sawdon MBE, of The Exodus Project, said: “It is over ten years now that the Dransfield Foundation has stood with the children and young people of Barnsley and supported us and we are really grateful that the trustees and staff have got alongside us. The funds donated help us to put on some great activities including dance, drama, sports and games and makes such a big difference.

“Without the support of organisations like the Dransfield Foundation we wouldn’t be able to offer the range of activities we do in some of our region’s most disadvantaged areas.”

The Exodus Project was recently awarded the Kings Award for Voluntary Service – the highest award a charity can receive. The charity has around 80 volunteers working across clubs, shops, weekend camps and fundraising.

Managing Director of Dransfield Properties and Trustee of the Dransfield Foundation, James Shepherd, said: “We are delighted to be continuing our relationship with the Exodus Project and to have been able to make donations across the last ten years which have made such a difference to young people.”

Watch the video of Martin talking about the Exodus Project and the difference donations make to the charity’s work:

Picture shows: Amanda Holmes and James Shepherd, Trustees of the Dransfield Foundation and Martin Sawdon MBE (centre) from the Exodus Project.

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